Major Curriculum Requirements
The major in Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration (leading to a Bachelor of Science degree) prepares students for exciting careers helping people improve their quality of life by serving their community in nonprofit, government, and commercial recreation services.
B.S. Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration
The Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration major requires 30-48 credit hours.
The university's minimum degree requirement is 120 credit hours which includes the major, Colonnade, and general electives.
When adding the major, students select at least one concentration:
- Essentials of Recreation, Parks, Events, and Tourism (30-36 hrs) *
- Comprehensive Study of Recreation, Parks, Events, and Tourism (48 hrs)
- Nonprofit Administration (48 hrs)
For specific requirements, please visit: Undergraduate Catalog
* This concentration requires a second major or minor.
The WKU Colonnade program includes 39 credit hours + a world language proficiency requirement.
REC 200 (3 credits) is a required Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration major core course and also fulfills the Colonnade - Explorations (Social & Behavioral Sciences) requirement.
The following three-credit hour REC courses are also part of Colonnade - Connections. Note: Students can only use one REC course to fulfill this part of Colonnade.
- REC 338 - Recreation, Parks, and Quality of Life (Local to Global)
- REC 330 - Foundation of Outdoor Recreation (Systems)
- REC 420 - Recreation and Tourism (Systems)
- REC 434 - Interpreting America's National Parks (Systems)
General electives may be freely chosen courses or a second major or minor(s) that complements the degree. Students must keep in mind the WKU overall upper-level hours degree requirement:
Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree must take at least 42 hours of upper-division
coursework. Students pursuing concurrent baccalaureate degrees must take
at least 57 hours of upper-division coursework.
Students are strongly encouraged to utilize some of their general elective hours toward a minor to make themselves more competitive in today's challenging job market. Minors offered by our program are listed here.
It is anticipated that the following courses used in the Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration major concentrations (REC 200, 302, 306, 320, 328, 338, 402, and 406) will be offered at least one time annually on WKU's Bowling Green campus in a traditional (face-to-face or hybrid) format and various course lengths (e.g., full semester, bi-term, custom schedule). These courses might also be offered during winter/summer terms in various formats.
REC 490 will be offered during the fall, spring, and summer.
Elective courses (with a REC prefix) in the Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration major will be scheduled based on instructor availability and program needs. They may be offered in a variety of formats (e.g., traditional face-to-face, hybrid, online, etc.) and course lengths (e.g., full semester, bi-term, custom schedule).
Below, students will find the most current anticipated (not guaranteed) course offering rotation matrix in order to help plan their schedules.* Students are required to meet with their advisor each semester.
Course Rotation Matrix:
X = course planned* to be offered in a Bowling Green campus traditional (face-to-face or hybrid) format.
# = commonly offered during winter/summer in an online or hybrid format.
*The information presented in the table above is a plan and not a guarantee of course availability. Successful course scheduling is greatly enhanced through regular consultation with a student's assigned academic advisor.